I have a hanpo that only has the straight kugi and not the orekugi or bent anchors. I know the pattern for tying the cord when the orekugi are present, but not when all you have are the straight kugi. Anyone have a reference to the proper way to tie this up? All my books assume you have the orekugi.
Thanks. I am not convinced that these men/han were good for fighting without the orekugi. The Orekugi actually pull the men up firm against your face, and then you loop down, snag the kugi on the chin and pull the cord back around your neck and tie off, holding it firm against your face.
The men/han with just the kugi rattle and twist. In a real combat fashion, I don't see this style holding in place and even causing the kabuto to loosen and become unstable since the tightness of the cord is related to the fit and anchor points of the men/han.
Do we know if the occasional absents of the Orekugi started in the Edo period, or do we have Momoyama and earlier without them? Both of my Momoyama Hanpo have the Orekugi, and my Edo Menpo and Hanpo do not.
Justin, Not around the neck - down from the front loop on the koshimaki, around the orekugi then up to and around the cord hanging between the rear centre loop through the koshimaki and the front loop. it then comes down to the kugi at the chin and ties underneath. If it were around the back of the neck it would be uncomfortable and might even throttle you. Ian
Justin, Yes I know these drawings but I am not sure how many were actually used. I use the method in the top left of the lower diagram. I still think it would be very uncomfortable to tie the cord around the neck. Worth trying it and see how it feels. Ian
Most of the time the original cord has become fragile, or if replaced the loops on the koshimaki are.
The mengu and kabuto are not being worn, so no tension is required. The display is cosmetic justin. When I was at Watanabe I just made up the configeration to what looked appealing and suited the display. No one has ever noticed or pulled me up. Thats why I said just make it up
I guess I am asking two different questions, and did so poorly.
I was asking the proper way, as intended by the Samurai, to tie the cord with the various configurations on the men/han. I was wondering for historical perspectives since the illustrations by Sasama only covered masks with both anchor points.
Second question was about the evolution of the orekugi on the men. Was the absents of these a reflection of the lack of use and if worn, only for ceremonial use? Because the attachment points are not designed to hold them in place under activity, and a knot under the chin may disrupt your ability to look down in a fight. So I was waxing philosophically.
I have my cords tied off in the two manners described above, I was just wondering on my complete set since it only has the kugi and not the orekugi.
Justin, That is a question I cannot answer. I just don't know. I have two Kaga armours made in the Bakumatsu era with hanbo with only kugi. I also have a nerigawa armour with a mask that has no kugi or orekugi. I have had masks with rings in place of orekugi which were a fiddle to mount up - so who knows? Ian